Daniels Wins the WSGA Senior Amateur; Richards Crowned WSGA Super Senior Champion
East Wenatchee, Wash. (October 1, 2009) – Larry Daniels of Seattle, WA wins his first WSGA Senior Amateur Championship today on the challenging Wenatchee Golf and Country Club.
Daniels started the day five shots behind local member Lew Mullen of East Wenatchee, WA. Daniels reeled in Mullen on the front nine to take a one shot lead heading into the back nine. The two battled back and forth until Daniels closed the door on Mullen with a clutch birdie on the par 4 16th hole to extend his lead to three shots. Daniels would tally another impressive round shooting a 1-under par 71 to win in fine fashion posting a three-day total of 6-over par 222. Mullen would finish runner-up on his home course after shooting an 8-over par 80, bringing his three-day total to 226. Rick Weihe of Bellingham, WA and Tom Phillips of Seattle, WA finished the championship with three-day totals of 228 and a tie for third place.
Bruce Richards of Seattle, WA took the Super Senior Division title after shooting a final round 9-over par 81 bringing his three-day championship total to 15-over par 231. This year’s win makes Richards the only player to have victories in both the Senior and Super Senior Amateur titles. William Ashley of Anacortes, WA finished runner up after posting a final round 5-over par 77 and a championship total of 19-over par 235. Jim O’Rourke of Spokane, WA and Ron Peterson of Coquitlam, B.C. finished in a tie for third place with three-day totals of 21-over par 237.
To be eligible for the WSGA Senior Men’s Amateur division, contestants must have reached their 55th birthday by the first day of the competition and also carry a handicap index of 12.4 or less. The Super Senior Men’s Amateur division is open to those members of the WSGA who have reached their 65th birthday by the first day of the competition and also carry a handicap index of 12.4 or less.